Thursday, March 23, 2006

Nortel, Sierra Wireless Achieve First EV-DO Rev A Calls

Nortel and Sierra Wireless achieved the industry's first over the air test calls using EV-DO Revision A wireless technology and pre-commercial wireless data devices. The companies said their milestone confirms the commercial viability of EV-DO Revision A wireless services.

The companies completed over the air tests using Sierra Wireless AirCard 595 wide area wireless network cards, Sierra Wireless MC5725 PCI Express Mini Card embedded modules, and EV-DO Revision A equipment from Nortel. EV-DO Revision A technology will offer significant performance improvements to both the uplink and the downlink speeds compared to current EV-DO (Release 0) networks. EV-DO Revision A enables peak data rates of up to 3.1 Mbps on the downlink and 1.8 Mbps on the uplink.

Nortel noted that it has provided EV-DO equipment to 18 operators worldwide, including Verizon Wireless and Sprint in the United States, VIVO in Brazil, Pelephone in Israel and EURtel in the Czech Republic.